Sunday, July 29, 2012
On a Sunday morning standing under a grand Sampangi tree in the compound of East Parade church near Trinity circle, Bangalore evoked these very nostalgic memories.
With a very strong fragrance, sampangi can somtimes cause a mild headache, if it grows too close to your backyard in abundance. On the other hand a flower or two can create a waft of a refreshing odour that can freshen one up and seduce the passer by.
Fragrant flowers like Malli poo, jaadi poo , mullai poo are a refreshing welcome to the bottled perfumes oozing out synthetic fragrance .
Jaathi Malli, evokes nostalgia of school days when dorning a long braid of stringed Jaadi malli or plain malli to school on a double plaited hair was not so uncool. Needless to say I would think it ‘oh-so-lacking –in-fashion-sense’ to wear flowers to work these days.
Times have changed … or is it me …
Sunday, July 22, 2012
And that is not just because of the sumptuous ( surprise) breakfast at the end of the walk, but all the interesting trivia on history of personalities that have shaped Bangalore starting from Lord Cornwallis, Tipu Sultan , Winston Churchill, George Everest to Rahul Dravid & Sabeer Bhatia.
It also explains Bangalorean’s love for trees. About the bright orange gulmohars that came from Madagascar, the Jaracanda trees with purple flowers that was imported from Mexico and the other serial blooming trees that paint Bangalore’s city scape in various colours through most part of the year.
Saturday, July 21, 2012
|Googling around for Google|
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Saturday, July 07, 2012
|This vehicle is a familiar sight for commuters on vartur road in whitefield, Bangalore\|
|I did have a chat with the proud owner of Mercedes BC class and he told me in a matter of factly manner that he got this done in chickpete.|
Mango in its ripe form is best enjoyed during the season. ( I am no fan of the preserved pulp varieties). But it is the pickles that give Mango the immortality and enable them to be enjoyed throughout the year.
The culinary diveristy in india is best captured in the varieties of pickles made across traditional households across india.
This blog is dedicated to a few varieties of the Mango pickles that I have known.
|Avakkai mango seller in mylapore|
|Trandtional British Pub food - in Cheltenham of pilao rice, chicken tikka masala, popadum and mango chutney|
Sunday, July 01, 2012
There was music crooning out of the radio from a nearby tent, naked children running across the tents, screaming and playing.
But that is not what stops me there. It is the subtle smell of the freshly prepared chapatti. Food hardly smells good these days, and when it does it does whip up your appetite.
Outside this tent is this lady cooking the evening meal of jowar ki roti ( or could it be chapatti ) in an iron Tava mounted on top of three bricks fired by twigs and small pieces of wood. The men and children are watching while the lady and a younger girl possibly her daughter and cooking the evening meal.
It is dusk and there is very little natural light. But I do not want the moment to pass. My standing and staring is noticed by the lady. I ask her if I could click a photograph. The lady does’nt understand my hindi and I do not understand her kannada or possibly telugu. A young man from the neighbouring tent volunteers as my translator. I tell him why as someone who is seeing a ‘wood fired’ chulha after a long time, I want to click a photograph and possibly take a video.
|Wood fired rotis|
|Local Mango sellers along the NH7|
|Mango orchards near krishnagiri|
|Mango orchards near Krishnagiri|
|rumani, sindoora ,malgova and Imampasandu|
|Sakkarakutty - sugar baby|
I am partial to the unsung varieties of mangoes, but that does not negate the queens among the king of fruits. Sindoora, Mallika and Alphonso are to me Katrinas , Kareenas and Aishwaryas of the mango world. Good to look at, not much by ways of flaws like fibres, or occassional sourness , they are universally liked, presentable, well marketed particularly because they all travel well.
Alphonso ( the variety grown in regions of Konkan) is undoubtedly the top variety and goes unparalled not only for her taste but also her aroma. Worth every penny of the exorbitant price that she commands.
Sindoora and Mallika are highly presentable ( no sugar baby disasters here) , sweet and pleasant to eat. Cultivated commerically, they are available in plenty during the season all over.
|Aam ras - Mango pulp|
|Bug at the center of the Neelam Mango|